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Evolution Update – August 10, 2010

August 10th, 2010 – Detroit - It’s been a productive time at Casa de la Evolución. As always, North Corktown is abuzz with activity. It’s often hard to keep up with the “good stuff” happening in the city. There’s more to share and you can catch a great deal of it through the blogs on this new site. To keep to our purpose here, I’ll bring your attention to a few items in particular. Thank you so much for tuning in and for your continued support! ~Gregg

Evolution Update

First, Angela’s Birthday was Monday. I’m a big fan of birthdays and Angela’s is one that I celebrate with great joy and reverence. I’m very honored to share my life with such an incredible woman who is such an inspiration. Happy Birthday Angela!

Though we’ve taken July and August off, the Corktown Community Kitchen is busy working behind the scenes to organize, ground and document a viable and replicable model to inform and inspire other Kitchens. To this end we’re developing our new website “live” with notes and explanations of the process we’re using and the day to day of facilitating a Community Kitchen. This means, if you’re so inclined, you can learn and participate as we put this together. The site is in a rough state, but the incredible photos by Garrett Maclean make it well worth a visit. Save the Date! Brunch will return triumphantly on September 19th!

Yoga for Cyclists

Also in the web-world, the new People’s Yoga Detroit site is up. It’s basic for now, but Caitlin and I will begin populating the site with local yoga resources and some of our reflections on the practice. We’re pleased to announce our first workshop! Caitlin will be sharing Yoga for Cyclists on Saturday August 28th from 3-5pm. The fee is $20 and we’re asking folks to preregister with an email to caitlin@peoplesyogadetroit.org. We invite you to join us at the vibrant and inspiring Spirit of Hope Church as we create an autonomous, non-judgmental space to explore the benefits of breathing and moving together.  It’ll be a good time to be sure.

Detroit Evolution Project Coordinator, Leeann Drees, is returning to a Permaculture “retreat” in Costa Rica for the next few weeks. We’re pleased to share that she’ll be blogging about her experience and any tools, techniques and concepts she uncovers that may be applicable in Detroit. We wish Leeann a safe and evolutionary journey. Godspeed!

I want to make sure to mention the Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System Gatherings. They are typically held on the first Saturday of every month, but in September it’ll be on the 11th. The gathering is from 1-3pm at MSU Center, 3408 Woodward. September’s Gathering will recap and hone our collaborative work to define racism in the food system and create personal “undoing” strategies. Simply put, undoing racism is vital to any relocalization efforts in Detroit.

Last Week’s SOUP: The Spaulding Court Edition was a huge success where folks gathered together to enjoy tasty soup (suggested donation $5) and vote on one of three shovel-ready low cost projects presented. The collected donations go towards the winning project and to fund the reemergence of Spaulding Court. Spaulding Court SOUP will happen every Thursday at 7pm. Bring your own BOWL and SPOON! There’s a Soup at Spaulding Facebook Page! I’m very excited about Soup after yoga every Thursday evening! Save the Date: next Thursday, August 19th our friend Travis Roberts Jr. and I will be introducing the first Detroit Domes project. Please come out and vote for us NEXT Thursday!

Save the Date:

August 18th – Detroit Abides Free Movie Night in Eastern Market – 7pm

September 11th – Earthworks Harvest Dinner. We’re honored to be working with Phil Jones of Jones Urban Foods and Chef Alison on this event that has become a Detroit tradition. Get your tickets!

September 25th – D-Town Farms Harvest Festival!

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